Dec 1, 2009 5:25pm
Re: can some actually explain this to me
Once you have downloaded a torrent client (I too use utorrent) make sure you also forward a port within your router. It's not difficult to do but it can be confusing the first time you do it.
When you download a torrent you are essentially connecting your computer to a group of other computers that already have the data (music) you are seeking to obtain. You are downloading the tunes from other people rather than a hosted website.
What makes it possible for you to connect to others is the fact that other people have their ports forwarded. Think of a port as being like a door. By downloading a torrent client you now have a door that can only be pushed open. When you forward a port you are installing new hinges on your door that allow it to be both pushed and pulled open.
See, you can download a torrent client, get the hang of using it and then begin downloading legal torrents until the cows come home and you can do so without sharing a single file. However, doing this flies in the very face of the idea behind sharing music via legal torrents. If you follow the very specific port forwarding directions for your specific router you are able to give back what is freely being given to you.
This site http://portforward.com/
is an extremely easy to follow yet comprehensive guide to port forwarding.
step 1: download http://www.utorrent.com/
and become familiar with the software, reading tips and tricks to help your downloads go more smoothly and quickly
step 2: go to http://portforward.com/
and follow your router-specific directions on port forwarding, thus opening the door for you to share with others, the same as others are sharing with you
step 3: have fun at sites like http://bt.etree.org/
and a host of others out there!
This post was modified by Stealz on 2009-12-02 01:25:43